Bloomin’ Marvellous!

A Ruddington charity which was set up four years’ ago to give a better quality of life to dementia sufferers and their families has been the first to officially receive its cash from the 2020-2021 round of the Co-op Local Community Fund.  Local shoppers raised a total £5232.13 for Bloomin’ Dementia, based on Easthorpe Street, and representatives were presented with their cheque at the Church Street Food Store yesterday (November 25th). Pictured above (L to R) are store manager Chris Bradbury, Amy Louise Troke & Andy Hallam from Bloomin’ Dementia, and…

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Night at the Museum

Those attending the official re-opening of Ruddington’s famous Framework Knitters’ Museum this week got to see it in a different light…. the dark! Staff and volunteers at Ruddington’s now internationally acclaimed tourist attraction welcomed invited guests to see the newly expanded site at four o’clock on Tuesday afternoon (23rd November) – and it was soon apparent why this time was chosen. As night fell, the workers’ cottages – recently restored to how they would have looked in 1890 – and the museum’s new ‘community garden’ were lit by candles and other…

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Planning for the Platinum Jubilee

Next year Britain will be celebrating The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. Right now Ruddingtonians are being asked how we’d like mark our longest ever serving monarch’s milestone here in the village. Ruddington Parish Council is starting to organise events to mark Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II‘s seventy years on the throne, which are to be celebrated from Thursday 2nd to Sunday 5th June 2022. Councillor Graham Fletchers says: “We are at the very early stages at the moment. Our aim is to meet with village groups, etc, to bring them all together and try and…

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New Village Festival & Open Gardens Planned

If you’ve lived in Ruddington for a little while, you may remember ‘Open Gardens’ events being organised in our village? In the summers of 2016 and 2018 these were staged in aid of Save the Children and Action for Children and proved a big hit with villagers and visitors alike. Last time around, an impressive £2280 was raised for the two charities. Sadly, COVID-19 put a stop to the biennial event happening last year. The good news is that it should return NEXT year. One of the organisers, Jane Piggott, says: “For the summer of…

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Ruddington’s Remembrance Services Return

After being cancelled due to the Coronavirus in 2020, ‘physical’ Remembrance commemorations are being held again in Ruddington this year. The first one is, of course, this Thursday, November 11th, for ‘Armistice Day’ – with a Service of Remembrance inside St Peter’s Church, starting at 10am, to which everyone is welcome. The congregation will be invited to head out to the War Memorial on Church Street at eleven o’clock for the two minute silence, led by members of the Ruddington & District Branch of the Royal British Legion. Then, this Sunday November 14th, the uniformed groups…

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A Quieter Fifth of November?

Ruddington residents are being reminded to show consideration for others and the environment this weekend – including moving to “lower noise” fireworks for Bonfire Night and other, forthcoming celebrations. Rushcliffe Borough Council (RBC) says we can all play our part to help protect local people, pets and wildlife – and is leading by example following a Cabinet decision earlier this year that called for lower volume effects at its events, which included choosing “quieter” fireworks for its own displays. The authority encourages external event operators in the Borough to follow suit. Householders in…

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Christmas Street Market Confirmed

The organisers of Ruddington Village Market say this December’s Christmas event will be returning to High Street and St Peter’s Church – after being scaled down last year to take place only on The Green because of COVID-19 concerns. Ruddington Village Centre Partnership (RVCP) took over the responsibility of organising the annual ‘Christmas Fayre’ from Ruddington Parish Council early last year, with plans to combine it with their festive December Village Market on The Green to make it bigger and better than ever. However, with the Coronavirus pandemic creating major public safety…

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‘Fiver Fest’ is Back!

Over the next fortnight, Ruddington residents and visitors will have an extra incentive to visit our village centre, with many local traders, such as Philo’s Deli & Gift Shop (above), offering selected products and services for just £5. It’s a national initiative run by ‘Totally Locally’ – a grass roots organisation which has been helping businesses and High Streets to help themselves since 2009. ‘Fiver Fest’ happens for two weeks from Saturday 9th October when thousands of independent local businesses come together to highlight their contribution to the ‘Great British High Street’. Mark Pinks from…

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Ruddington Aims To Go ‘Plastic Free’

If you’re keen to do your bit for our planet, you may be interested to know that Ruddington has launched its very own ‘Plastic Free Communities’ initiative – in partnership with ‘Surfers Against Sewage’. The marine conservation charity is joining forces with a network of communities across the UK to tackle throw-away plastic. To kickstart the initiative here, you’re invited to take part  in a ‘community litter pick’ this Saturday (9th October) organised by Alex Preston, the co-owner of village eco-shop The Bottle Top. Alex is also a volunteer member of Ruddington Village Centre…

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Ruddington Runner’s Marathon Fundraiser

A man from our village is running this weekend’s London Marathon in aid of a cause close to his heart – The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI). Ruddington resident Chris Cooke will be heading down to the capital to join thousands of other runners this Sunday (October 3rd) trying to complete the 26.2 mile course to raise money for their chosen charities. RNLI volunteer lifeboat crews provide a 24-hour search and rescue service all around the UK and Ireland, while lifeguards keep a careful watch on the UK’s busiest beaches.…

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